Inspired by Music exhibit at Gallery One to run through Oct. 31

October 1, 2017

Gallery One in Ocean View announces the exhibit themed Inspired by Music, open to the public through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Music has the power to uplift the spirit and transcend the everyday world. It can soften, energize or deepen one's mood.

Music plays a large role in Jan Moffatt's painting process. "Music takes me away into an almost meditative state and allows the painting to lead me into the world of the imagination," said Moffatt. "Bluebells," an acrylic, arose from a memory of spring woods in Washington.

"When painting, I use music to relax me and gently guide me into the right brain and let my brush strokes react to what I am sensing," said Lesley McCaskill. Music is perfect to suggest drama, softness, quiet and unity. Her acrylic "Playing in the Surf" is inspired by a photograph of granddaughters enjoying the ocean. "I chose this subject because of all the movement of the bodies against the churn of the surf and my emotional response to the girls," she said.

Dale Sheldon painted "Rhapsody in Blue," an acrylic, en plein air at the Keukenhof Gardens near Amsterdam while listening to Eva Cassidy. "The flowing music enhanced the experience of the river of blue flowers flowing through the trees. The yellow tulips in the foreground provide a staccato, with some strong and loud flowers contrasting with the quieter ones," said Sheldon.

"Moving to the Music," an oil painting by Pat Riordan, shows a lovely couple displaying their dance skills while others sit watching.

Laura Hickman said, "'The White Zinnia' reflects the happy, upbeat rhythms of the bossa nova music that I listen to while working. This music carries me and my artwork through the day, especially the dark and rainy ones, creating a sunny ambience in my studio."

Eileen Olson said her "Harmony in Yellow and Black" creates a visual equivalent of writing a symphony. She created the acrylic while listening to Sibelius' Symphony No. 4 in A Minor. "I used colors, repetition and layering of shapes to evoke the sounds and mood of the symphony. Responding to music and digging into my inner self, I have discovered unconventional techniques in my art making," she said.

Gallery One is at 32 Atlantic Ave., Route 26, in Ocean View. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, go to or call 302-537-5055.

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